Addiction and Treatment Awareness Month is dedicated to the month of September, but Addiction and Treatment Awareness should be dedicated to every month of the year.
In 2011, 20.6 million people aged 12 years and older had a classification of having a substance abuse dependence disorder. In that same year, 19.3 million people of the age of 12 years and older needed treatment for illicit drug and alcohol addiction.
Substance abuse continues to cost the country over $550 billion annually and this includes specialty alcohol and drug services. This figure of $550 billion also includes medical consequences, lost productivity due to death / injury / illness and legal costs.
With these staggering numbers reported over the last several years, prevention is being proven to work. Research shows that for every $1.00 invested in prevention and early treatment, $5 - $10 dollars could be saved in health costs, criminal / juvenile justice costs, educational costs and lost productivity.
A well prepared and implemented public awareness of treatment options and early education is critical in the prevention of our country's continued epidemic in financial costs and loss of life. Approxiamtly 1 in 8 youths ranging in the ages of 12 - 17 reported that they had participated in drug, alcohol, tobacco awareness programs outside school in the last year.
Early prevention is one of the keys to a successful transition to reducing addiction in our country. Addiction awareness can save the lives of millions of Americans and people of the world.